30 years after 1989: freedom from what, freedom for what?
The "fall" of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago not only paved the way for the reunification of Germany, but also symbolically marked the end of the Communist system of rule in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In some countries, the erosion of power had been going on for several years, others had suddenly caught on. The memories of the events and the subsequent developments are very diverse. However, the countries of the former socialist states have a common sense of a huge turning point, which gave rise to great emancipatory hopes. At this year's European History Forum, we want to discuss how Eastern and South Eastern Europe's story changed over 1989 over the past 30 years. What is left of the promise of freedom? What are the key events, who are the key figures of 1989, to which today is positively or negatively remembered? What kind of liberation or emancipation are they associated with? What roles do women and women's politics play in the memory of 89? About the European History Forum:The initiative "European History Forum", started by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and its Russian partner, the Scientific Information Center Memorial, has the goal to give younger historians, museum staff, media and non-governmental organizations from Eastern, Southeastern, and Western Europe the opportunity to exchange views. Thus, a pan-European discourse on cultures of memory and history policy is to be advanced. At the same time, the forum is aimed at anyone who deals critically, professionally, voluntarily or privately, with the history of the twentieth century and its mediation.
- Mikhail Minakov, Kennan Institute, Washington D.C.
- Olga Manojlovic Pintar, Institute of Modern History of Serbia, Belgrade *
- Nikita Petrov, Memorial Moscow
- Oldrich Tuma, Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
- Eviya Hovhannisyan, cultural anthropologist, Armenia (requested)
- et al
Cooperation of the Heinrich Böll Foundation with the Scientific Information Center Memorial, Moscow The conference will be held in German, English and Russian (to be understood as a lingua franca) with simultaneous translation.
location & access
airport Tegel (TXL)
airport Schönefeld (SXF)